So this pregnancy is coming along... slowly! But in the short 10 1/2 weeks that I've been carrying this baby, I already had to decide whether I wanted a doctor or a midwife. The reason? My wonderful doctor doesn't deliver babies anymore! I found out when my sister was expecting her baby (we have the same family doctor) that she would only do the prenatal care, but wouldn't be there for the birth.
That pretty much sealed the deal for me. Even when I was pregnant with Rowan, I had considered a midwife, but Keith wasn't on board, so I stuck with my doctor. I really love my doctor, so it wasn't a big deal, but I still kept thinking about having a midwife because I was kind of intrigued by it all.
Where I live, you pretty much have to call the Midwifery office as soon as you get your positive pregnancy test... if not sooner :) Otherwise you won't get in. So, I called early enough this time and was able to get a midwife.
Her name is J. At least that's what I'm going to call her here :) She's young, maybe even younger than me! But you know what, I totally respect her abilities. She trained at a birthing center in Texas, where she helped at the births of many many babies. I love it that my first appointment was 1 1/2 hours long. I love it that each of my following appointments will be 1 hour long. Time to discuss things, really know how things are going.
I also love that they don't push the drugs. I know I can give birth without them, and I know how much better I felt after Bria's (almost) natural birth, than I did after Rowan's Demerol birth. For me, just knowing that J will be there during the whole process is enough. Having the support there through the whole birth, knowing what's happening, that's what I want.
Of course, the one really big difference between a midwife and doctor is the option of home birth. I have to admit, the thought has crossed my mind. But Keith is pretty sure that I will be giving birth at the hospital. He's just not comfortable with a home birth. I say... we'll see :)